Monday, June 18, 2018

Participate in a Language Learning and tVNS Study!

Two studies are recruiting participants! Complete questionnaires and computerized cognitive and foreign-language learning tasks. Some sessions will also involve transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS).
·         Vocabulary/Grammar: 5 sessions on 5 consecutive days
o   Also involves heart rate monitoring
o   Monday, Friday sessions are at the Patapsco building and are 2 hours each
o   Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday sessions are at H.J. Patterson Hall and are 1.25 hours each
o   $155 total ($10/session until last session)
o   Email TNT-VG@casl.umd.edu
o   Access the prescreen at https://go.umd.edu/TNT-VG

·         Speech: 3 sessions
o   Also involves electroencephalography (EEG) and pupillometry
o   All sessions are at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center
o   Session 1 is 1.25 hours
o   Sessions 2, 3 are within 2 days of each other and are 3 hours each
o   $145 total ($10/session until last session)
o   Access the prescreen at https://go.umd.edu/TNT-Speech
For more information, visit the paid Psychology SONA site (https://umpsychology-paid.sona-systems.com/).

Late Summer Study Tour: West Coast Immersion Experience

Note: This late summer study trip will be listed as a Fall course and will be offered with an HONR number. 

The study tour has described as a “phenomenal learning experience,” “lifetime experience,” and a “great networking opportunity.”  

The course provides insights into how companies have turned management strategies into sustained competitive advantages. This is achieved through an unprecedented opportunity to experience the innovation hotbeds the Pacific Northwest through insightful corporate and cultural visits. Past company visits have included Pixar, Nike, Facebook, FLEX, Electronic Arts Netflix, Amazon, Google, Boeing, Microsoft, Adidas,  and Starbucks. The reason for focusing on Pacific Northwest is that it is home to several major companies who use some of the most innovative management practices, particularly in supply chain management. More specifically, some companies in the region are deriving significant competitive advantage from their innovative management: Amazon through its unique distribution system, Boeing through lean operations and Just-in-Time concept, and Costco through its efficient logistics network. The experience provides students with unique insights regarding innovative management strategies

Students hear from the employees that are developing and executing innovative management strategies and tour the companies’ facilities. At each visit, students have extensive interactions with company representatives. These experiences provide differentiating traits that can be extremely useful when applying for internships or jobs throughout your college tenure.  Students have made contacts and gained information through the course that significantly facilitated their job development.

This course would include interactions with industry experts and activities that allow you to experience the unique geography, culture and outdoor activities.


What locations in the Pacific Northwest do we visit? 

The Pacific Northwest has been dominated by companies that are at the center innovation and entrepreneurship. The geography and climate of the region inspire innovation and disruption.

Specifically, the study tour locations include the Bay Area (Jan Jose, San Francisco, etc.), Oregon (Portland), Washington (Seattle), and Alaska.

Why should I attend? 

Students have described this experience as the following:

--"This trip allowed me to make connections with employees at top companies in a setting much more intimate and memorable than a large event such as a career fair. It also allowed me to see different majors in action rather than just learning about them thorough        a textbook."

--"This trip was without a doubt one of the most fun experiences I’ve had in my whole life. There are so many memories and stories that I can recount from the trip that will no doubt stick with me throughout my life."

--"More than anything else, it is the unforgettable stories and organic moments from this trip that I will forever hold in my head and heart, as I know I can use them in almost any setting possible."

--"Really enjoyed this class and I think I learned more on the trip than I could have learned in any classroom. Hearing from the alumni was a great opportunity because I was able to see what Maryland students had accomplished with their degrees. Overall I would         recommend any student I met to take this trip and experience this course."

--"What I learned on this trip could not have been replicated in a classroom setting. Visiting all the companies was a one-of-a-kind immersive learning experience. I have recommended this study trip to all my friends."


Furthermore, below are the top 5 reasons to attend.

1. Major Company Visits

The Pacific Northwest has a tendency to attract a wide variety of industry leaders. In order to gain insight into their success, the  course provides students with the ability to visit these companies and interact with the members. A prime example of this is the NIKE company visit, which includes a tour of the extensive Beaverton headquarters, as well as insight . Visits such as this one allow students to gain a better understanding of the science behind building a successful company culture. Furthermore, it helps students to gain a better understanding of their professional interests. Past company visits have included the following:
1) Nike: the world's largest supplier and manufacturer of athletic shoes and apparel;
2) Facebook: biggest social network on the planet;
3) Amazon: leading e-retailer in the United States and earth's most customer-centric company where people can find and discover virtually anything they want to buy online.
4) Netflix: world’s leading Internet television network with over 81 million members in over 190 countries
5) Google: world's most popular search engine and the most valuable brand;
6) Boeing: world's largest aerospace company and the leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined;
7) Electronic Arts: global leader in digital interactive entertainment;
8) Microsoft: largest provider of computer software and related services around the world;
9) Adidas: largest sportswear manufacturer in Europe and the second largest in the world;
10) Tesla: designer and manufacturer of the most advanced electric vehicles in the world;
11) Flextronics:  one of the world’s leading Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) providers with a network of facilities in 33 countries and over 230,000 employees.
12) Starbucks: world’s best-known coffee company.

The final list of companies for the 2018 study tour depend on interest and company availability.

2. Professional Connections

The experience  course provides students with the opportunity to interact with a variety of different industry experts, many of which are UMD alumni. In addition to hearing the story behind their career paths, students are able to develop real connections with these individuals. In many cases, the Pacific Northwest trip has facilitated student career development.

3. The Alaskan Experience

As one of the most recent additions to the U.S., Alaska serves as a perfect example of the cultural, geographic, and economic diversity that is present within the nation. In visiting this destination, the trip aims to expand student mindsets, as well as encourage them to ask more questions of the world. Alaska is home to some of the worlds most diverse and interesting wildlife, making it a prime spot for adventure and the exploration of the ecotourism industry.

4. Silicon Valley

The Pacific Northwest is home to one of the most innovative places in the world, the Silicon Valley. Through this course students will be given the opportunity to experience the unique culture of this region, as well as visit some of the major players in the area. Furthermore, this portion of the trip will allow students to compare the east and west coast cultures, as well as taste the famous In n Out Burger. 

5. National Landmarks

The experience provides students with the opportunity to visit some of the nations most famous landmarks. Past trips have included visits to the Golden Gate Bridge, Space Needle, Chihuly Glass Museum, and Fisherman's Wharf (San Francisco).

What are the logistics and costs associated with the study tour? 

The tentative start date would be August 13. The travel component will conclude August 22. This would be listed as a Fall 2018 course.  In addition to the meeting times during the trip, the course will meet for a specified number of hours during the Fall semester.

The program charge is estimated between $2,000-2200. The cost would depend on actual locations included, total length of program and activities included. The more locations and activities and a longer program would increase the cost. The program charge would include hotel accommodations (3-4 per room), fees for all academic site visits, field trips, and other program-sponsored excursions, transportation to all visits, one or two meals per day (lunches or dinner), and course reading materials. Airfare is not included and the estimated airfare is $700-750.

How do I learn more about participating? 

We have 4 remaining open.

If you are still interested in applying for the West Coast study tour please complete the following:


Additionally, email your resume to westcoastumd2018@gmail.com with a copy to mwellman@rhsmith.umd.edu. The subject line should be West  
Coast  Applicant.

Paid Research Assistantship starting Fall 2018

The UMD School of Public Health's Center on Young Adult Health and Development is looking for a paid research assistant to assist with the operations of several projects, including a large-scale, longitudinal research study on the health-related behaviors of young adults during a critical life transition (The College Life Study), and a statewide collaborative project on reducing drinking and alcohol-related problems among college students. The Center is looking for a motivated, responsible student who is able to commit to working with us for at least the next two semesters, starting Fall 2018.

Please note: Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply but this position is not a graduate assistantship and does not offer any tuition remission benefits. This is a paid, hourly position.

Responsibilities
Communication with study participants
Literature review and management
Online research
Quality assurance
Data entry, cleaning, and verification
Opportunities to work on presentations and/or publications
Other tasks as assigned

Hours per Week
15-20

How to Apply
Submit your resume and a short letter explaining your interest in the position to Angie Barrall, Recruitment Coordinator, at abarrall@umd.edu. The application must be submitted by Tuesday, July 10.

For more details about our projects and the Center, visit our websites at www.cls.umd.eduwww.marylandcollaborative.org, and www.cyahd.umd.edu.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

2019 Winter Term New Zealand/Australia Global Immersion program: Apply Today!

The 2019 New Zealand/Australia Global Immersion program is now receiving applications at http://globalmaryland.umd.edu/offices/education-abroad/program/11098

Background Information 

Situated at the south western corner of the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand and the Australia have been some of 
the most beautiful landscapes to live, study and work in. The program offers a unique combination of cultural 
and academic visits that allow for students to experience all that the region has to offer. Below is a list of the 
cities included on the program itinerary. 

The program will start at the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the world. The Reef is the largest 
living organism on earth, with thousands of reefs, hundreds of islands and over 500 types of hard and soft coral. 
Not only will you be able to visit the reef and learn more about the ecotourism associated with it, but you will 
also have the option to snorkel or scuba dive. 

Sydney is the second stop. Sydney is the largest Australian city and the most impressive. While in Sydney 
the class will tour a wide range of companies along with visiting the Sydney Harbor Bridge, touring the Sydney 
Opera, holding a koala bear, and hand feeding kangaroos.

Auckland will be the first stop in New Zealand. Auckland is an economic hub of the Asia Pacific region and 
one of the world's most business-friendly markets. Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and the world's 
biggest Polynesian center.

Renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture, Rotorua will be the next city. While in Rotorua, 
students will also visit the movie sets for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world, is the last stop on the study tour. Queenstown has adrenaline 
activities for every thrill-seeker.

Information regarding the past course is available at the link below:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDJBr4Akes0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqMmRuETqeA&feature=youtu.be
https://www.facebook.com/UMDGIP/

Below are a few reasons to consider applying for the program. 

1) Great Educational Experience

With prime Asia-Pacific locations, educated work forces, an abundance of natural resources, and friendly people, 
Australia and New Zealand offer attractive business environments to explore. You will be exposed to all this 
ingenuity and where possible, experience at first hand these crazy and unique inventions!  The Australia 
component of the trip would involve traveling to Sydney, and the Great Barrier Reef.  Snorkeling in the Great 
Barrier Reef, visiting the Sydney Harbor Bridge, touring the Sydney Opera, holding a koala bear, and hand feeding 
kangaroos were just a few of the unique experiences that were part of the 2017 study trip to Australia.

Australia, the world’s 12th largest economy, is entering its 26th year of uninterrupted annual growth. With such 
solid fundamentals – as well as record-low interest rates, a strong banking sector, and financial liquidity – 
Australia has attracted a tremendous number of multinational companies. The company visits are very educational.
 An example is provided: 

New Zealand has been named by the World Bank as the second best country in the world in which to do business 
two years in a row and the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor ranks New Zealand second in the world for innovation.  
New Zealand is ranked the “most socially advanced nation in the world”, according to the Social Progress Index of 
132 countries ranked on social and environmental performance by the Social Progress Imperative. New Zealand is 
one of the most entrepreneurial countries in the world. New Zealand is a nation with a proven record in multiple 
fields such as science, technology, manufacturing, sport, and social issues. It’s one of the safest country to visit.  
The course will examine innovation in the tourism sector in New Zealand. New Zealand takes pride on being a 
world leader in challenge and adventure with a number of innovative tourism services and products like AJ Hackett 
Bungy and Skywalk etc. From bungee jumping to sky diving New Zealand is frequently listed as the adventure 
capital of the world.  


These 2 countries are the birthplace of some of the most ingenious ideas. These range from Bungee Jumping to 
WiFi, the JetPack to Google Maps and the Zorb to wearable/mounted Action cameras.    

2) Impressive Speaker Series 

For the past iterations  of the Australia-New Zealand program organizations and speakers include the following: 
1) Australian Trade Commission: Paul Adler, Business Development Manager; 2) Fonterra, Llori Valenzuela, Sandy 
Hu, Head of Online Sales for Global Ingredients, Brand Experience Manager; 3) BurgerFuel, Alexis Lam, 
Marketing Manager; 4) Icebreaker, Rob Fyfe, Chief Executive Officer & (Former CEO of Air New Zealand from 
2003-2012); 5) The Next Billion, Priti Ambani, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder (UMD Alumnus); 
6) Xero  – Wellington, Siobhan Warren, Graduate Experience Manager; 7) New Zealand Rugby, Nigel Cass, 
Head of Strategy and Operations; 8) Creative HQ, Stefan Korn, Chief Executive Officer; 9) AJ Hackett, Mike 
Voyce, Sales & Marketing Manager 10) Qantas Airways, Alan Joyce, Chief Executive Officer; 11) Fishburners – 
Sydney, Murray Hurps, Chief Executive Officer; 12) Commonwealth Bank of Australia, George Robinson , 
General Manager for Group Strategy; 13) Google Australia, Stephanie Borgman, People Programs Lead; 
14) Atlassian, Carson Page, Learning & Development Manager; 15) Canva, Mahesh Mualidhar, Head of People 
Operations. 

No other study tour provides such a comprehensive exposure to high level senior executives 

3) People 

Kiwis and Aussies are some of the most amazing, loving, and welcoming people that you will ever meet. Even if 
you are a stranger, they are still going to treat you as they would a friend. They are used to meeting new people, 
first because they travel a lot themselves and also because New Zealand and Australia is a popular travel 
destination for a wide variety of people. The culture is quite laid back and easy going, as opposed to the tense 
feelings that sometimes come with large cities like London or Paris. New Zealand is considered one of the safest 
places to live in the world. For being such an isolated part of the world, the diversity is greater than you see in 
many European countries.  

4) Climate

You will visit New Zealand and Australia during the summer months of the southern hemisphere.

5) Program Options

There’s no reason to have to choose between Australia and New Zealand. Experience both! No other faculty led 
short term course offers the option.   

This trip puts together the best of both Australia and New Zealand, bringing you to the wonderful world of Middle 
Earth and the Land of Oz on a wonderful learning journey. English is spoken throughout both countries, so there 
is no need to worry about not being able to interact with the locals.  

Additional Details


The program fee is estimated at $4,400 and includes UM tuition (3 credits), fees, hotel accommodations, fees 
for all academic site visits, field trips, and other program-sponsored excursions, bus transportation to all visits, 
an average of one to two meals per day (lunches or dinner), and course reading materials.  The final fee will be 
determined at a later date. Airfare and personal expenses not included .Estimated airfare: $1,700-$2,200. Heading 
to New Zealand or Australia on your own will definitely cost a lot more, as this program provides the opportunity 
to capitalize on significant group discounts. Pending final approval, this course will meet the University General 
Education Global Competence requirement.

You may want to check out http://www.newzealand.com/us/ & http://www.australia.com/en-us to learn more about 
the countries included. 

Exact dates and applications details are at   


Please note that while the final deadline date is October 1st, the spots on the last offering filled by July. 

The program departs the U.S. on January 8 or 9. The first meeting time in Australia will be the evening of 
January 11. The program will conclude January 25 with departure back to the U.S. January 26th. 

Please contact Professor Mark Wellman if you have any questions. 


Mark Wellman
Management & Organization Faculty
Robert H. Smith School of Business
4552 Van Munching Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-1815
301-405-0831 TEL

mwellman@rhsmith.umd.edu
http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu